Address: Portobello Road North W10
A small neighbourhood park between the northern end of
Portobello Road and Wornington Road. The park contains grass areas,
trees, shrubs and annual flowers. The park also provides a
children’s playground, facilities for dogs and an adjacent floodlit
hard play area.
Garden Practicalities: Staffed park. Open from
7.30am until dusk.
Athlone Gardens were named as a memorial to
Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone who died in 1981.
Athlone Gardens Redevelopment
The park is going to change during the
redevelopment of the Wornington Green Estate,
Why is Athlone Gardens
The Council has agreed to allow Kensington
Housing Trust to build on part of Athlone Gardens during the
redevelopment of the Wornington Green Estate.
Using part of the park in this way will
shorten the overall time for the redevelopment, and will mean that
the majority of existing residents will only have to move home
Unfortunately this will mean a smaller park
for several years. The Council is committed to doing what it can to
make up for this loss of park by creating the best possible
When the redevelopment is finished the Council
has insisted there will be a new park which is the same size as the
existing Athlone Gardens, which will have new and better
facilities. We will work with the local community to make
sure it is a great new open space, designed by the people who will
What will the temporary park be like?
This map shows the shape of the temporary park,
and where the playground and entrances will be.
Earlier this year the parks team spoke to people who use and
live near Athlone Gardens to let them know what will be happening
to the park and ask their views on how the temporary park can be
made as good as possible. We spoke to over 100 people and have made
some decisions based on what they said:
- we will put a new playground into the park, and have chosen
equipment that was very popular with the children and parents we
- we expect it to be ready by Spring next year, as it takes time
to put in new equipment, but we will start as soon as we can once
the old playground is closed. We will also put signs up to tell
people where the nearest alternative playgrounds are
- the staff hut will also be closed, however we will are looking
at other ways of storing their equipment and there will still be
staff visiting the park every day.
- we are asking the developers to make sure the hoardings around
the park are high enough to stop balls going over them, as this was
something people were concerned about.
- we are going to put in new seats to replace some that will be
removed, and we will also put in a new water fountain, a new dog
toilet, and new plants to replace some of those that will be
removed when the half park is closed.
- we will keep the trees that are in the park for as long as
possible, and we will look into planting mature trees in the new
There will be more changes to the park in the next few years and
we will keep asking what people want us to do to make the park as
good as it can be in the circumstances.
If you have anything you would like to ask or tell us now,
please email email@example.com.
To read the full report of people’s comments see the status and progress